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‘Lunch Hour NYC’ At New York Public Library Provides Look Into History Of Lunch In The City

New York Public Library (credit: New York Public Library)

New York Public Library (credit: New York Public Library)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - An exhibition on the history of lunch in New York City serves up some delicious tidbits.

But you’ll need more time than your lunch hour to see it.

“Lunch Hour NYC” at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue features artifacts from the library’s vast collection. There are sections on street foods, home lunches, school lunches and Horn & Hardart Automats.

Visitors will learn that before the 1906 Federal Meat Inspection Act, mothers warned their children never to eat hot dogs. The free exhibition also explains that the term “power lunch” was coined in New York in 1979, but powerful businessmen met for them as early as the 1830s. Another notable fact is that pastrami was introduced by Jewish Romanian immigrants on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

The show runs through Feb. 17, 2013.

Have you been to this exhibit? If not, do you plan to check it out before it concludes? Let us know in the comments section below…

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